Thanks to a German court ruling supporting bailouts in the euro-zone, world equities markets posted healthy gains Wednesday. The WTI and Brent crude oil benchmarks followed suit.
Light sweet crude oil for October delivery gained nearly four percent to end the day at $89.34 a barrel. Brent, meanwhile, climbed 2.7 percent to settle at $115.80 a barrel. Buoying stock markets on both sides of the Atlantic as well as Asia was the German Constitutional Court's rejection of an attempt to block German involvement in bailouts of other euro-zone countries.
The Dow Jones Industrial Averaged gained nearly 2.5 percent while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq rose by 2.86 percent and 3.04 percent, respectively. In Europe, the London-based FTSE 100 finished more than 3.1 percent higher and the CAC 40 in Paris gained 3.63 percent. Major exchanges in Shanghai, Tokyo, and Hong Kong posted more modest increases.
The WTI traded within a range from $86.15 to $89.74 while the Brent contract price fluctuated from $112.81 to $115.98.
Natural gas for October delivery managed to break the $4.00 mark, peaking at $4.04 per thousand cubic feet. The midweek momentum faded by the close of floor trading, however, with the front-month contract settling at $3.94 for the second straight day.
October natural gas bottomed out at $3.90 Wednesday.
The price of a gallon of gasoline gained nearly nine cents to settle at just under $2.91, also the intraday high. The price floor during Wednesday's trading was $2.82.
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